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  • Writer's pictureCanvas Inc.

Summer Intern Cohort Combines Mentorship & Real-World Experience

This summer, Canvas is proud to host six interns focusing on solving complex, technical problems for Area 220, the Canvas Innovation Lab, in partnership with Air Force AFWERX and Air Force Research Lab, the University of West Florida (UWF), and other Area 220 partners.

“The on-the-job training I received when I was in college was extremely valuable for my career. I was afforded opportunities to solve real problems and receive invaluable mentorship,” explains Canvas CEO Jami Peyton. “It is important for companies like ours to seek out unique partnerships with universities and provide real-world opportunities for our future workforce.”

Canvas, in partnership with UWF, was awarded a Phase I Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) contract through AFVentures, a collaboration between Air Force Acquisition, AFWERX, and the Air Force Small Business Innovation Research /STTR program. The goal of the STTR is to produce optimized software for drone swarm navigation technology.

“This Phase I STTR crosses many disciplines, including electrical, mechanical, and computer engineering,” states Tom Williams, Director of Space Programs for Canvas. “The technical support provided by our interns plays a vital role in completing this project, in addition to allowing them to gain vital on the job experience.”

Interns are also getting hands-on experience using modern manufacturing techniques using Area 220 equipment.

“We are exposing our interns to modern manufacturing methods, such as additive and subtractive machining. By the end of the summer, our interns will deliver prototypes to support NASA’s 3-D printing Moon Habitats Initiative,” Williams explains.

If you are interested in participating in Canvas’ intern program, please contact


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